why doesn’t bush go to church?

BUSH, THE UNCHURCHED….Here’s a question someone should ask Bush in one of the remaining debates: Why don’t you go to church, sir?

Update: Drat. I keep forgetting about the “registration required” thing. Well, hopefully my article will be posted free and clear sometime next week. In the meantime, the gist is that even Bush’s conservative defenders don’t believe the excuses about why he doesn’t go to church. It’s ridiculous to think that the Secret Service couldn’t handle security at a local church or that a church wouldn’t want the president as a parishioner–several in the D.C. area have extended invitations to the Bushes, to no avail. As to the obvious question–“Why should we care?”–we shouldn’t, except that Bush has staked his political reputation, and part of his domestic agenda (faith-based initiative), on being a devout man of faith. The fact that he doesn’t belong to a congregation is at least worthy of press coverage and yet there has been none.

Yet Another Update: This is Kevin, barging into one of Amy’s posts again. I’ve fixed the link above so that you can get to the article without registration. Enjoy!

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Amy Sullivan

Amy Sullivan is a Chicago-based journalist who has written about religion, politics, and culture as a senior editor for Time, National Journal, and Yahoo. She was an editor at the Washington Monthly from 2004 to 2006.